Additional notes and corrections to the translation of the Mirabilia of
Jordanus (HAK. Soc., 1863)
The Letters and Reports.
No. I. First letter of Montecorvino (1305). From Tauris to India, and
death of his companion, 197 ; reaches Cathay ; harassed by the Nestorians, !
198 ; but eventually gets the better of them ; joined by F. Arnold ; church at Cambalec, and number of baptisms ; pur3hase of pagan boys to educate, and their accomplishments ; King George of Prest. John's family attaches himself to the friar, 199 ; his death, and relapse of his followers ; necessity of assistance in the mission, 200 ; and what sort are wanted ; Routes to Cathay (and note on Goths of Crimea) ; no news of Rome for
years, 201 ; blasphemies about the Pope ; begs his letter may be brought
to the Pope's knowledge ; requests for sundry service books ; his own toils and translations, 202 ; King George's son, 203 ; the Khan's great
power, etc. i
No. ri. Second letter of Montecorvino (130G), 203 ; rumours of the writer's
death, 204; subject of former letter ; Scripture pictures ; note on Tarsic
letters, 205 ; baptisms, and deaths of converts, 206 ; second mission church at Cambalec near the palace; its progress, 207 ; the impression made ; boys divided between the two churches; the honours paid Friar John at court, 208 ; pagan monks ; notes about India ; deputation from Ethiopia,
209 ; baptisms.
No. III. Letter from Fr. Menentillus, a Dominican, forwarding copy of (an earlier) letter from Montecorvino (of about 1292-3). How he came by the letter, 210 ; copy of it ; climate of India ; direction of' shadows ; length of day and night, 211 ; low altitude of Pole-star ; the Antarctic. Population, 212 ; houses ; natural features ; supply of water ; animals fruit- trees and harvests ; trees producing sugar, honey, and wine ; the pepper-vine, 213 ; ginger ; Brazil ; Indian nut (coco-nut) ; cinnamon tree, and export from Ceylon ; no information as to Paradise or other wonders ; oxen sacred in India. Characteristics of the people, 214 ; Saracens, Christians and Jews in the country ; disposal of the dead ; extent and variety of languages in India; habits of the people, 215. The Sea of India ; pearls, etc. ; islands ; sea-route from Hormuz to Malabar, Mabar and Siu Simmoncota. The Monsoons, 217 ; great number of ships lost ; their frail structure, etc. ; written from Maabar of the province of Sitia, 218. Note on Sitia and Maabar ; with the accounts of M. Polo, Rashid, Wassaf, and their agreement; under what chiefs the country then was, 220.
Polo's Kingdom of Mutfili identified, and the Queen of whom he speaks, 221.
No. iv. Letter from Andrew Bishop of Zayton in Southern China (1326). How he and Bishop Peregrine got to Cathay, 222 ; remain at Cambalec ; get an allowance from the Emperor; the vastness of the empire ; church built at Zayton and erected into a cathedral, 223 ; Friar Gerard made
bishop; after his death Peregrine ; and then the writer, who had previously gone to live at Zayton; his journey thither, 2~
church and convent there. y ``4 ~ he builds a second
Tolerant views of the Cathay people, and